The Miami Heat’s shooting guard situation is a disaster right now. With Dwyane Wade injured, Miami’s primary 2s are Mario Chalmers, the team’s regular starting point guard and Tyler Johnson, a D-League call-up.
It would have been wise for the Heat to address their shooting guard situation prior to Wade’s injury — a legitimate backup 2 has been a need all season long — but now it’s more of a necessity than ever.
The question is: who could the Heat pickup? Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald recently discussed Jordan Crawford as an option:
The Heat is next-to-last in the league in points per game (92.6, ahead of only Philadelphia) but continues to pass on several available proven scorers who are interested in signing here, starting with veteran 6-4 guardJordan Crawford, who’s back from China. The Heat has stayed in occasional contact with Crawford’s camp over the past several months but never summoned him for a workout in the past year. Crawford (12.2 career scoring average) would be a clear upgrade, but inside the Heat, there was concern that several teams have parted with him. But he is said to have matured.
Crawford’s style generally doesn’t lead to winning basketball. With a career average of 12.2 points per game on 40.5 percent shooting from the field and 30.6 percent shooting from beyond the arc, Crawford is an inefficient gunner. Also, as Jackson points out, has had some trouble staying on NBA teams for an extended period of time.
But the Heat can’t continue relying heavily on two point guard lineups when their point guards are Chalmers, Norris Cole and Shabazz Napier and having Johnson as their only option behind them. Miami’s lack of depth and overall talent in the backcourt is costing them games and it might ultimately cost them the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference that they are barely hanging onto.
Crawford’s not an ideal player, but the Heat’s current situation gives them no other choice but to give him a harder look.